Occupant Protection Incentive Grants
To encourage States to adopt effective programs to reduce highway deaths and injuries resulting from individuals riding unrestrained or improperly restrained in motor vehicles.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2011, Public Law 109-59, 23 U.S.C. 405
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, Virgin Islands, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
State Highway Safety agencies.
A State submits certification and application that it meets eligibility requirements; after being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. NHTSA Regional Administrator coordinates qualification process with the Office of Injury Control Operations and Resources.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Certifications, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, are due no later than February 15 of each fiscal year to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator. To apply for grant funds in a fiscal year, a State must submit the certification required by Federal Register, Vol. 7, No. 218, Monday, November 14, 2006, signed by the Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, to the appropriate NHTSA Regional Administrator.
A State submits certification that it meets eligibility requirements. After being informed by NHTSA that it is eligible for a grant, the State submits to the agency a plan that describes the programs the State will implement using the funds. Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the Electronic Transfer of Funds method. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. NHTSA notifies the Governor in a letter that the State has met the requirements for a Section 405 grant. The letter also describes the amount of the grant award.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
States must meet 4 out of 6 criteria established by statute and regulation including safety belt use law for all passengers, primary safety belt use law, minimum fine or penalty points, statewide special traffic enforcement programs, child passenger protection education program, and child passenger protection law.
How may assistance be used?
Incentive grant funds are available to States to implement and enforce occupant protection programs, in compliance with established criteria.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For direct procurement contracts, audits will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Project sponsor shall retain records for 3 years following submission of a final expenditure report and other project deliverables, all project contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents pending resolution of audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 23 CFR Chapter 401 Part 1345
Matching is voluntary. Under the 405 program, basic grant funding is up to 100 percent of their Section 402 apportionment. The Federal share shall not exceed 75 percent in the first and second years, 50 percent in the third and fourth years, and 25 percent in the fifth and subsequent years.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Federal share is reimbursed on claims submitted in vouchers covering costs incurred. All participants have converted to the electronic transfer of funds method of payment. Funds placed in obligation are available until expended. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the addresses Regional Offices of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Jamie D. Pfister
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., NRO-010
Washington, DC 20590 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$135,748.00; FY 16$77,862.00; - No new money has been awarded under SAFETEA-LU since FY 12. States are continuing to spend down their grant awards.(Formula Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$0.00; - States used these funds to provide enforcement during the Click It or Ticket national mobilization.(Formula Grants) FY 18 FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range is $ 74,843 - 3,109,419.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005, Part 1345, Section 2004, Public Law 109-59, as amended, 23 U.S.C. 402.
Examples of Funded Projects